01 Oct Building the perfect party-friendly kitchen in East Finchley and North London
Maybe it’s a reflection of a more open society that we have broken down walls and opened up our lives at home. Perhaps it’s because the open-plan lifestyle suits our ever-evolving needs. Or maybe it’s just because someone realised that everyone always congregates in the kitchen at parties. Whatever the reason, to create an awesome entertaining space you’re going to have to open it all up – kitchen to living room, dining room, hallway and pretty much any other space you have downstairs. If you’re looking to create the perfect party-friendly kitchen, the pressure is on to make this space as sociable as possible.
The kitchens of the past were all about function, but a modern kitchen melds the practical with the enjoyable sides of life, changing not only the way we use the space, but how we build, refurbish, style and decorate. If you plan to be the ideal host, here are some ways to create the most sociable of kitchens.
Define your spaces
For starters, it’s time to think about how you would like to separate your space while bringing people together. Just because there are no walls in your open-plan lifestyle doesn’t mean you can’t separate your space into zones, each with a defined and obvious purpose. Will you be holding lots of dinner parties and hoping to keep the hubbub away from the hob, while entertaining at the same time? Then it’s important to create a clear separation between you as the chef, and your guests. An island or breakfast bar is ideal here, as your guests will have somewhere to congregate and socialise with you while you get on with preparing for the main event. Having a separate drinks fridge on this side of the kitchen means that people can help themselves while you get on with the food, while also emphasising the subtle divide.
Prioritise your purpose
Of course, if the focus of your entertaining space is more liquid refreshment than tasty hors d’oeuvres, then a bar may better suit your needs. Whether as a built-in bar area between inside and outside entertaining spaces or a cocktail creation station between party space and kitchen, you could create something really special.
Audio-visual entertainment or chill-out areas
Making your guests feel comfortable is a key part of any party, and there are many things you can do with your space to help achieve this. Plenty of seating is a must, and it’s always good to have some music playing in the background so a state-of-the-art built-in audio system may be your thing. As the night goes on, you may want to offer people different options for their type of night, from a movie to dancing or chill-out areas. This can be achieved with different tones of lighting and technology, depending on which part of the kitchen entertaining space you’re in. A good home control system helps with this, and there are lots of different lighting options to help with the party feel.
An amazing kitchen extension takes plenty of planning, design and imagination. If you decide to go for it you must be prepared for the fact that your kitchen, and possibly other areas of your home, may be out of action for a while, but the payoff will be there, not only in terms of your social life, but also in the increase in value of your property. The cherry on top is that you will be able to comfortably invite all of your friends and family round to share the space you proudly call home.